The first dailies were established in Japan in 1870.[1] In 2018 the number of the newspapers was 103 in the country.

Below is a list of newspapers published in Japan. (See also Japanese newspapers.)

Big five national newspapers in Japan includes: The Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and Sankei Shimbun.[2]

National papers

Big six


Block papers of Hokkaido

Regional papers of Hokkaido

Defunct newspapers of Hokkaido

Tōhoku region

Block paper of Tōhoku region

Prefecture papers of Tōhoku region

Regional papers of Tōhoku region

Defunct newspapers of Tōhoku region

Kantō region

Prefecture papers of Kantō region

Regional papers of Kantō region

Defunct newspapers of Kantō region

Chūbu region

Block papers of Chūbu region

Prefecture papers of Chūbu region

Regional papers of Chūbu region

Defunct newspapers of Chūbu region

Kinki region

Prefecture papers of Kinki region

Regional papers of Kinki region

Defunct newspapers of Kinki region

Chūgoku region

Block paper of Chūgoku region

Prefecture papers of Chūgoku region

Regional papers of Chūgoku region

Defunct newspapers of Chūgoku region


Prefecture papers of Shikoku

Regional papers of Shikoku

Defunct newspapers of Shikoku

Kyūshū, Okinawa

Block paper of Kyūshū

Prefecture papers of Kyūshū and Okinawa

Regional papers of Kyūshū and Okinawa

Defunct newspapers of Kyūshū

Sports papers

Party organs

Business papers

Industry papers


English language papers

Chinese language papers

Braille papers

Stance and circulation, only morning (2022)

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  1. ^ Yamamoto Taketoshi (Summer 1989). "The Press Clubs of Japan". Journal of Japanese Studies. 15 (2): 371–388. doi:10.2307/132360. JSTOR 132360.
  2. ^ Mark Hollstein (2008). "Japan's Insider and Outside Media Discourse about the SDF Dispatch to Iraq". In Eldridge, Robert D.; Midford, Paul (eds.). Japanese Public Opinion and the War on Terrorism (1st ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-349-60328-2. Retrieved April 16, 2022.

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